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I dare say Anderson is our best goalie in a long long time

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Looking down the pipeline
« on: Yesterday at 08:02:16 PM »
As long as we're "looking down the pipeline", this is not super encouraging...right?

https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/toronto-maple-leafs-prospects/2018/2/20/17025978/toronto-maple-leafs-prospect-report-fedor-gordeev-dakota-joshua-injury-keaton-middleton

That's one perspective.

The other is that we've hit on some recent first rounders and they've largely bypassed the CHL and made the jump to pros.

Liljegren: AHL
Matthews: NHL
Marner: Junior --> NHL
Nylander: SHL --> AHL x2 --> NHL

Our key middle draft picks from the CHL have mostly graduated (Timashov, Dzierkals, Dermott, Bracco, Brooks), or are still slow developing big D-men (Middleton, Mattinen, Desrocher (bye), Gordeev, Rasanen).

Our other depth picks are NCAA or Euro-league players who are developing slightly out of sight/out of mind and have a good deal more run-way before we have to make any contractual decisions. So yeah, the pipeline isn't sexy right now, but that's mostly because a lot of that sex appeal is already in Toronto.
Some people see negativity in a report that to me was neutral and in the case of Gordeev  (1 goal as per report) with the comments the scouts are making about him, actually make him intriguing and someone on our radar screen.
We must remember that the Leafs/Marlies have developed the best training systems in our known universe for development.  Even a guy like Marchment is having making some really impressive strides under Keefe.  I guess what I am saying is that they are trying to max everyones potential.   Not many organizations do this.

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So the Leafs are required to won tonight as it's my last leafs game as a free man and I'm holding my tmlfans bachelor party right here in this GDT  8)
All the best and remember the first 20 years are the hardest.  ;)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Fehr traded to the Sharks
« on: Yesterday at 07:36:48 PM »
For what it's worth I think he got a Fehr shake.
There is nothing to Fehr but Fehr himself.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Fehr traded to the Sharks
« on: Yesterday at 05:14:36 PM »
Fehrwell, puns.
Not Fehr, should have been a sixth, hope Tom Bergman has another sleeper pick over in Europe.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 03:03:37 PM »
I am staying in quite a large community complex in Arizona.  Last year they had servers from Ireland and around the world for there Resto's, really great staff. Because of Trumps policies none of them are back. My son is a Le Corden Bleu chef and they wanted him but can't have him because of the new restrictions in place (he is Canadian),  yet they can't fill the position he applied for. The community is in North Scottsdale and they just can't get workers to come out this far.
So the solution, close one of the 6 restaurants in here cause they can't get staff.
Insane!

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scotiabankgamedayeahhhboyyythankscarlton
I will double that, thanks CTB

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NHL Transactions / Re: Mrazek to Philly
« on: Yesterday at 11:05:53 AM »
Flyers had to do this deal.  Elliott & Neuvirth both get hurt approx. 10 days apart.  Neuvirth has proven to be a china doll to the extreme...expect him to get moved or sent down during the offseason, & Mrazek resigned short term if he plays well.  Ultimately, the Flyers are looking for a bridge goalie to get the job done until Carter Hart is ready in 2-3 years.
Why didn't we trade McBackup to them for 2nd? and then Sparky could have come up or Picard

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 11:03:07 AM »
Is the Sosh playing for the Blues right now?

Since the trade the Blues have only played one game which happened the day after the trade.  Sosh would have to get a work visa sorted out etc so he would have had little chance of getting it done that quickly- plus the team doctors probably want to asses him too.

Looks like the Visa hasn't been granted yet:

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The Blues continue to wait on newly acquired winger Nikita Soshnikov getting his U.S. work visa and joining the team. I'm hoping for the end of the week, Yeo said.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/morning-skate/blues-lines-get-another-new-look-as-team-tries-to/article_07813fdc-7f3a-5d5b-8f6c-c53823468346.html

Trump at work again!!!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: Yesterday at 10:46:23 AM »
Is the Sosh playing for the Blues right now?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:12:35 PM »
Could have been a league issue or the 50 man mission cap

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Looking down the pipeline
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:42:39 PM »
I think some people are just naturals, look at that African American girl who just started  speed skating two years ago at 16 and is an Olympian at 18.

Greg Norman started golfing when he was 18, which is unbelievable for us that know that game intimately.  Lets hope switching Gordeev to D was someones Svengali move.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Looking down the pipeline
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:29:43 PM »
Yeah, remember Jake Gardiner is a success story of a forward transitioning to D and yet he is an absolute bomb scare in his own end.

Gordeev has a long way to go to even be half as good as Gardiner, but the raw skills he possesses are exciting when you consider his size.
Exactly, this is all potential which the Leaf organization seems to excel at developing. We are now #1 in the development field no doubt.  I remember seeing Gardiner 6 years ago already in Tampa scoring a couple and feeding Lombardi for a beaut and thinking this is the next great one. But you are right on the defensive blunders, seems to be like a mice in maze (for the first time) in his own end behind the dots. Puzzling player

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Soshnikov traded to the Blues
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:26:10 PM »
package him with Polak for a 3rd

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Trade Deadline
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:24:22 PM »
There is a Glendening  damn up in Thornbury/Clarksburg, hope that is not a sign.

When I last saw him play I liked his game, seems to have a bit more grit than Moore although Moore seems to be a smoother skater.

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